What if ....?

9 February 2017

What if ....?

This morning I suddenly wondered: “What if Donald Trump was actually a cheerful househusband?”. It was meant as an attempt to stop my own negative train of thought – generously fed by news and social media – and take a different perspective.

It could be a suggestion for the producers of ‘What if?’, an internationally awarded and hilarious sketch show on one of our Flemish channels. Every sketch is the answer to a hypothetical question that starts with ‘What if’ – ‘What if men were dogs?’, ‘What if Barbie was a real woman?’, ‘What if the grumpy Flemish were right?’, … The sketches show you a new reality, life that is slightly off. Sometimes the sketches are completely absurd, sometimes eerily realistic.

What if you would use a different perspective to look at what you have always assumed to be the objective reality? Does objective reality as such even exist? The media are anything but objective, though they (and we) sometimes assume they are. Objective news reporting is not possible if you stop and think about it. As a news channel, a paper or a journalist you are somehow always driven by your own values, by your judgment of what is right or wrong – not to mention commercial motives. All of this has an influence on the choice of news facts that you bring, and the way you bring them.

We in turn are equally selective – driven by our own values – about which news papers, books, posts, … we read and who our Facebook friends are. And before you know it, you are completely stuck in your familiar, self-confirming but therefore not always comfortable perspective – an uncomfortable comfort zone.

It then becomes very difficult to think creatively and out of the box, to make different choices than those you would go for automatically. This can feel restrictive, as if you have no choice, as if you are lived.

During a coaching session we can work on this. I will ask you similar ‘What if’ questions to look from different angles where you’re stuck . Then we see if other choices can be made that better tie in with what gives you true satisfaction.

What if you would reverse your familiar perspective on life and work? I will be glad to help – contact me for a free sample session and who knows it might even change your perspective on Donald Trump.

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